Cancer pagurus
Edible crab

Cancer pagurus
Cancer pagurus, edible crab.
Image width ca 25 cm.
Image: Sue Daly

Phylum Crustacea
Class Eumalacostraca
Habitat Information
Found on bedrock including under boulders, mixed coarse grounds, and offshore in muddy sand. Lower shore, shallow sublittoral and offshore to about 100 m.
Species description
Crab with a heavy, oval shaped body, easily distinguished from other species by its 'piecrust' edge and massive black tipped pincers. It is reddish-brown in colour with very large individuals having a carapace width of up to 25 cm although individuals are typically up to 15 cm.
PMF archive information
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